Written verses and short prose (CW 40)
This volume contains numerous verses written for students, for those who had died, for healing, and for meditation. Also included are passages from Rudolf Steiner's mystery dramas and the Foundation Stone Mediation.
From Wahrspruchworte, Truth-Wrought-Words
Verses for Children
Verses for the Dead
The Foundation Stone (two renderings)
From the Mystery Dramas
This volume is a translation of Wahrspruchworte (GA 30).
Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up (see right). As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.
Christy MacKaye Barnes was born in New Hampshire and went to boarding school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After two years at college, she traveled with her sister Arvia to Europe and, in Dornach, joined the Anthroposophical Society. When she returned to the U.S., she published a book of poems, Wind-in-the-Grass. She married Henry Barnes in 1939 and, a year later during a visit with Marie Steiner, received a diploma for the art of speech. Later, she played a part in Rudolf Steiner's Portal of Initiation, directed by Hans Pusch. She went on to become a Waldorf teacher, the editor of Journal for Anthroposophy, and numerous other activities. She and Henry moved to Hillsdale, New York, where they were instrumental in establishing the community in Harlemville. Christy gradually assumed management of Adonis Press, which has published two of her books: A Wound Awoke Me (1994) and Arvia MacKaye Ege: Pioneer for Anthroposophy (1995). She died in 2002.
Arvia MacKaye Ege was a poet and founder of the Rudolf Steiner Educational and Farming Association. She was the daughter of the playwright Percy MacKaye. In 1972, she founded the Rudolf Steiner Association in Ghent, New York, the umbrella organization for the Hawthorne Valley Farm, the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, and the visiting students program there. She died at the age of 86 in January 1989.